Seabulk Pride aground
|Port of registry:||US|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9118630|
|Tonnage:||30,415 GT, 46,094 DWT|
|Length:||183 m (600 ft)|
|Beam:||32 m (105 ft)|
|Speed:||7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph)|
Seabulk Pride, operated by Seabulk Tankers of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is a double-hulled oil tanker constructed in 1998 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. She was built as part of a series of new double hulled tankers serving the domestic market.
Seabulk Pride ran aground near the port of Nikiski, Alaska on 2 February 2006. The tanker had been moored at the Nikiski docks when she was struck by an ice floe that parted her mooring lines. Seabulk Pride - and her cargo of 5 million US gallons (120,000 bbl) of oil - drifted northward up Cook Inlet, where she ran aground. She was refloated the next day, 3 February 2006, with no significant oil release.
On 9 January 2007 Seabulk Pride experienced difficulty at the same dock when extremely icy conditions once again pulled her from her mooring; however, she was able to depart for open water. Subsequent to these two incidents, a tug was assigned to assist vessels at the hazardous port, which has a high tidal range and fast current in addition to being subject to unpredictable heavy icing conditions.
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